From: Richard von Fuchs
Sent: 28 April 2008 11:05
Subject: The Big Time Music Magazine
Dea Dr. Webber
WHAT IS The Big Time Music Magazine?
Time Music Magazine started in Courtenay, BC, Canada, in 1983, and went into
suspended animation after 4 editions in 1985. . The purpose was to
give a voice to the voice-less. The idea was to get good tunes from not
very well known song writers, especially those with a message, out to the bigger
Marketing was done by word of mouth, contacting KEYBOARD
Magazine which had a back-log of frustrated composers, a hitchhiking trip to San
Francisco with stops at radio stations all along the way to give
interviews. Sales were modest. I paid the unromantic printers, who
refused credit, from “day jobs” selling vacuum cleaners, and later a retail
music store. Many trees gave their lives to fill my garage with high
quality paper. Notation was done by a 1,000 dollar keyboard which printed
out notes that were played, assuming one could play in perfect robot
Many musicians complained that they could not read notes, putting
themselves in the exalted company of the Beatles and Erroll Garner. “Can’t
we hear it?” they complained.
Then along came the computer age and the
internet. A generation later, the BTMM awakened from its long sleep, and came to
life with sound and color. Most of the not well known musicians remained
not well known, but the first four print editions are collector’s items.
The musicians who allowed me to photograph them, and puzzle out the notation for
their often free style tunes, “made the Big Time.”
WHAT IS IN THIS EDITION?
This 5th edition
has a song by a former professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy on being
“Politically Correct.” A lady who sings at libraries, in an epic
battle against voluntary illiteracy, has a song about the value of
fatherhood. You can learn a song about how automobile addiction leading to
endless war. The Beer Mats from Ireland charmed me with their name
alone, and of course their music is even better. Where else could you find a
song about “Wal-Mart”, or “Bad Cholesterol”, or “Privatization”? My former
singing partner, Judy Norbury, chose her song about the sex appeal of the
working class. From Africa, there are 8 Kenyans who will make you jump, a
singing postman from Canada, and songs about problems with Saab automobiles, and
a lighthouse in Maine with harp music, and you will hear about struggles of coal
miners on Vancouver Island.